Hahah Spongebob joke. Anyway, reporting was cool! As a photojournalism emphasis, I did not know what I was about to get myself into, but I’m so happy with this class! I have definitely learned a lot about myself and people in general.
- People are really awesome. Journalism gives you the chance to meet people you never would have met otherwise and they all have an amazing story to tell! It’s really put in perspective what this job really is—giving people a place to tell their stories.
- You are your own worst enemy. Anytime I felt insecure on my abilities, the story ended up being not great or just okay. When I went into an event with confidence in my skills, I did much better. Even when you don’t think you are doing well, you actually are fine and just need to pick yourself up.
- Local news is so important. How would people know who won pickleball at the Senior Games? How could people prepare for an air show that they don’t know about? The Columbia Missourian fosters community involvement. It is a place to share the stories of the people in the community that are making a difference!
- Not a grammar nerd? That’s totally fine. You end up learning how to write better just from experiencing multiple stories. You make less mistakes and your editors are really helpful.
- The best stories you write are found outside of the newsroom. The best interviews I had were at Lakota, at the air show, at a skydiving venue, on a pickleball court, and at a football game. Get out of the newsroom and find those good stories outside of your little bubble!
- Ask as many questions as you can. More than you think you’ll need, because you never know what info you are going to use.
- Clean up your social media or get social media! Your stories will be read so much more if you share them on Facebook and Twitter. People get their news from these sites, so make sure your profile looks good and your story gets read by everyone! I will be cleaning up and rebooting my Twitter after all this is over.
- Pay attention to the details. The best leads are the observations you see when you are at an event. What are people wearing? What does it look like? This class has made me so observant and I am glad for that. Maybe now I won’t be caught up in my phone or other distractions. You just become more aware after this class.
- You don’t have to be an expert on something to report it. Just get all the information you can and go from there. After the story is done, you’ll find that you know much more than you thought you did. It is really satisfying and makes me want to research more topics!
- Reporting is fun! It really is. Going to events, meeting new people, informing the public about things happening in their own backyards, it’s all really cool to experience. And when you see something you’ve been working on for a long time come to life in print or online, it feels so rewarding and worth the work.
What I am going to take away is a love of people and a love of storytelling. Just remember, stick with your story even if it’s driving you crazy. Talk with your editors, they will help you! Believe that you are doing good work, because you are. 🙂